Kelly graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and after 18 months in small animal general practice, completed a rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College and a three-year ECVS approved residency programme in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Bristol. Kelly joined the Animal Health Trust in 2011, where her particular interests include minimally invasive surgery, trauma management and reconstructive/oncological surgery. She is a member of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) and she reviews manuscripts for a number of international journals and takes a regular, active role in teaching surgical skills to veterinary practitioners up to certificate level.